Fall Preview of the Arts

Here is your guide to what to see on stage and on exhibit this September and beyond. And don’t worry—seeing art or a performance doesn’t have to interfere with sacred game day time.


Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Hale County Documentary Photography

As a photographer, Lauren Henkin was familiar with images of Hale County from the iconic photographs of Walker Evans, William Christenberry, and Gordon Parks. But last year she got to make her own as an artist-in-residence for a month for The Do Good Fund, a nonprofit organization that acquires and exhibits photographs made in the American South.

During that time, Henkin produced a portfolio of over 50 photographs, and now the Birmingham Museum of Art has selected 15 to form the exhibition “What’s Lost is Found.” The exhibit opens on Nov. 4 with an artist’s talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

Violence and Injustice

Courtesy of Luis Cruz Azaceta

Courtesy of Luis Cruz Azaceta

Cuban-born artist Luis Cruz Azaceta’s work explores the violence and injustice of our time, and it’s on exhibit through Dec. 17 at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Cruz Azaceta’s potent work fuses geometric abstraction with socially conscious neo-expressionism. The exhibition includes 18 major canvases created between 2002 and 2016. Works on view cover topics from the violence in Benghazi, Syria, and across the Middle East, to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, and the 9/11 World Trade tower attacks. His work has been featured in more than 100 major exhibitions and is included in public collections internationally. 

Five Points Spotlight

Currently on display in the Linn-Henley Gallery at Vulcan Park and Museum is an exhibit titled Five Points South: Patience, People, and the Plan. This exhibition highlights the revitalization of the popular neighborhood based on a 1980 master plan. Upcoming events associated with the exhibit include the inaugural Taste of Five Points that will take place at Vulcan Park and Museum on May 2, 2017.

Rotating Local Art

dk2 Gallery art by Ana Martinez Guzman

dk2 Gallery art by Ana Martinez Guzman

dk Gallery, a contemporary art gallery based in Marietta, Georgia, has expanded with the recent opening of dk2 Gallery in the Soho Square in Homewood. Known for exciting and original contemporary fine art by local, regional, and national artists, dk2 Gallery brings a unique blend of fine art to the growing community of collectors in Birmingham. Upcoming shows are listed below.

  • “I’ve Got the Blues,” Sept. 15-Oct. 15.  Features all dk2 Gallery Artists
  • “Inside Out,” Oct. 20-Nov. 12. Features Steve Dininno, Terrence Gasca, Ana Guzman, Donna Cassaro Hughes, Gina Hurry, Jodie Hutchens, Carylon Killebrew, Shellie Lewis, William Mize, Roos Schuring, Jenny Schultz, and introducing Adam Thomas
  •  “Smile,” Nov. 17-Dec. 10. Features Nancy Bass, Guest Artist Sloane Bibb, Holly Irwin, Carylon Killebrew, Lorra Kurtz, Alberto Mier, Jayne Morgan, and Jenny Schultz.
  •  “Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 15-Jan. 14. Features all dk2 Gallery artists 


Alys Stephens Center

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

UAB’s Alys Stephens Center starts off its season with two free events: and aerial performance from BANDALOOP Sept. 23 and an outdoor Latin dance party with Tiempo Libre Oct. 6. Other fall highlights include National Public Radio humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris Oct. 23 and Black Jacket Symphony performing David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and a selection of his greatest hits Oct. 14. You can also catch illusionist Kevin Spencer Oct. 1, bluegrass musician Del McCoury with David Grisman Oct. 28, tango company Estampas Porteñas Nov. 6, BASETRACK Live (one of The New York Times’ Top Ten shows of 2014 which is based on the true stories of families and Marines who served in Afghanistan) Nov. 13, and UAB’s Gospel Choir featuring Alicia Olatuja Dec. 4

Alabama Ballet

Alabama Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season opens Sept. 23 with Alabama Ballet At Home, a home studio performance of selected repertoire that offers a chance to see the dancers perform in an intimate atmosphere with complimentary drinks and an affordable ticket price at $20.

In October, Alabama Ballet presents a world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde with choreography by Associate Artistic Director Roger Van Fleteren. In December, Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center at Samford University. The Alabama Ballet remains one of only eight companies in the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic by The Balanchine Trust.

Opera Birmingham

This Opera Birmingham season opens with Catch a Rising Star on Oct. 16, featuring baritone Alex DeSocio, winner of the 2016 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, in a recital of some of opera’s and classical music’s favorite arias and songs. Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, Home for the Holidays on Dec. 9 will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances by native Birmingham artists.

Wright Center Signature Series

Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins

Samford University’s Wright Center Signature Series brings entertainment to Birmingham’s doorstep. This season features Christian comedian Tim Hawkins Oct. 14, singer-songwriter Kat Edmundson Nov. 3-4, and an Elvis & J.D. Gospel Celebration Nov. 18, leading up to Steven Curtis Chapman and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles in the spring. The Davis Architects Guest Artist Series attracts classical masters starting with the the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio on Sept. 27, and on Nov. 17, Leon Fleisher and his wife, acclaimed pianist Katherine Jacobson, will perform in conjunction with the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra kicks off its Masterworks series with Carlos & Tchaikovsky 5 Sept. 16 and 17. The season continues with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Oct. 7-8, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto Oct. 21-22, Mozart & Beethoven with Jeffery Kahane Nov. 4-5, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite Nov. 18-19. You can hear the SuperPOPS! Series starting with Birmingham Does Broadway Sept. 30 and continuing with Cirque de la Symphonie Spooktacular Oct. 28, Red, White & Swing Nov. 10, and Winter Wonderland at The Alabama Dec. 2.

Special Events

Antiques at the Gardens

Eddie Ross will be featured as part of Taste in Spades at Antiques in the Gardens.

Eddie Ross will be featured as part of Taste in Spades at Antiques in the Gardens.

Antiques at The Gardens will welcome renowned tastemakers and dealers from across the country Oct. 6-9 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Interior designers and landscape designers will curate themed areas with goods selected from Birmingham and other regions of the country. The show also includes dealers presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories, and jewelry.

This year’s honorees are Frances and Miller Gorrie. The Red Diamond Lecture Series featuring Jeffrey Bilhuber returns. Taste in Spades returns with four events, including a Design Panel/Panel Discussion. Also back for its second year is Friday’s After Hours at The Gardens presented by McCorquodale Transfer. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $3 million for The Gardens.

Vulcan AfterTunes

Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc

The Vulcan AfterTunes Sunday concert series returns to Vulcan Park and Museum this fall.  You can enjoy cool tunes, craft brews, and sweet views with everyone’s favorite cast iron statue and the country’s best rising entertainers.

Muscle Shoals’ Dylan LeBlanc will kick off the series on Sept. 25 with opening act Duquette Johnston featuring brews from Straight to Ale. Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans will rock the stage on Oct. 9 with Tragic City and selections from Avondale Brewing Company. Amanda Shires, wife of Jason Isbell, will close out the series on Oct. 23 with opener Jesse Payne and brews from Good People Brewing Company. 



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